Different Types of Holi Celebrations in India
People are already excited and looking forward to celebrate Holi, the ‘Festival of colors and love’. There are various legends associated with this Indian festival, and it signifies the victory of good over evil. It also marks the end of winter and is celebrated as a thanksgiving for good harvest. Though it is celebrated throughout India with great enthusiasm, different states have unique and special celebration of Holi.
Punjab’s Holla Mohalla
Holi in Punjab is known as HollaMohalla. This is the annual festival in Punjab celebrated by the Nihan Sikhs. It is a three-day event where a lot of events take place some of them include, martial arts, bareback horse riding, mock fights and so on.
The Latthmaar Holi in Uttar Pradesh
Interestingly, Holi in the Barsana region of Uttar Pradesh is not just celebrated by burning the Holikas or splashing colors, but also by ‘Lathis’. As per tradition, the men of Nandgaon go to Barsana to tease and play Holi with the women who then chase away these men with Lathis. The men come prepared too, as they are well padded and do not strike back as it’s not just a beating session.
Phaguwa in Bihar
In Bihar, preparations for Holi take place prior a week before the festival. The festival is known as Phaguwa. The ritual of lighting the Holika or the bonfire is considered very important and takes place before playing Holi. Folk songs, playing of Dholaks and drinking the Bhaang also form a part of this celebration.
Basant Utsav or the DolJatra in West Bengal
The Basant Utsav is the welcoming of the spring season in Bengal. The Dol Jatra and Dol Purnima are parts of the main festivities. The DolJatra is a peaceful ceremony celebrated as the birthday of MahaprabhuChaitanya. People wear yellow clothes and attend the ceremony. On the day of DolPurnima, decorated idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are carried on the streets in procession.
Holi in the Northeast
In Assam, Holi is called as Phagwah. The festival is celebrated for over two days.While in Manipur, Holi is celebrated for six days along with another very old festival called Yaosang.A thatched hut of mud and clay is burnt in the evening.
Rang Panchami in Maharashtra
Holi in Maharashtra is celebrated five days after Phalgun Poornima. The bonfire or the Holika is burnt. Special delicacies like the ‘Pooranpoli’are prepared during the festival. The fifth day is known as Rang Panchami as color celebration takes place on this day.
Holi in South-India
Holi is considered as the festival of love in South-India and has many names, Kaman Pandigai, Kamavilas, Kama-dahanam. It is celebrated to honor the Kama Dev.